William R. “Bob” Jeans, 106, of Georgetown, MA. passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday February 22, 2020, at the High Pointe House in Haverhill, MA. Bob, the son of the late Harry and Edna Jeans, was born in Haverhill, MA., on May 8, 1913. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1931. During high school Bob worked as the head usher at the Colonial Theater in Haverhill. He enlisted in the Army Reserve Corp and obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant of Battery “G” 615th Coast Artillery, stationed at Fort Adams, Newport, RI. He was honorably discharged July 27, 1934. As Bob continued his career, he worked as a supervisor at the Sylvania Lighting Division during World War II. At the time, Sylvania was producing light bulbs for the US Military. After the war he became a womens shoe pattern designer for various shoe companies and retired from Jeans & Gauvin Shoe Pattern Co in 1988. During this time, Bob designed the logo for New Balance shoes. Bob was very devoted husband to Therese (Cloutier) Jeans for 41 years; and later was married to Eileen (Miller) Jeans whom he lived a blessed life with for 24 years. He will be remembered and sadly missed by his four children, Judith and her husband Lawrence Cavicci of Youngstown, OH, Peter and his wife Diana Jeans of Windham, NH, Pat and her husband James Barbour of Wesley Chapel, FL., and Robin and her husband Tony Radanovics of Haverhill, MA. He also leaves 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. Bob touched the lives of many people in various circles and will be remembered as a kind gentleman, cherished and loved by all. Bob’s passion was singing and had been singing in church choirs, community theater and choral groups since the age of 10. He co-founded the “Music Masters”, a singing group that entertains residents of nursing and assisted living homes in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, for the past 38 years. Bob sang with the group right up to within a few days of his passing. For over 20 years, Bob was active and extremely proud member of the Boy Scouts of America. Initially as a Cub Master and then the Scout Master of Troop 51 in Georgetown. He shared his love of camping with the scouts by promoting and encouraging them to participate in the Troop’s weekly campouts and competitions. In his younger years, he was a Lone Scout working on his scouting skills to achieve ranks by himself. He was a member of the Lone Tree Council Eagle Board of review. Bob was a member and active participant of St. Mary’s parish in Georgetown. He was an extraordinary minister, lector, CCD teacher and choir member. As a member of the Winnikenni Castle Board of directors he worked tirelessly on the castle’s restoration. He was co-producer of children’s summer theater programs and a performer and manager of the adult theater programs. Aside from his community service, Bob was an avid outdoorsman who loved the White Mountains and hiking, camping, biking and skiing. His hobbies and interests included woodworking, photography, reading, writing poetry, the Patriots and Red Sox.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 29th at 1 O'clock in the afternoon to be celebrated at St. Mary's Parish, Georgetown. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 pm at Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. For those who wish, In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in memory of William R. “Bob” Jeans to the Spirit of Adventure Council BSA, 2 Tower Office Park, Woburn, MA 01801 For Campership. For funeral home directions, florist or to share a memory with Bob's family, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com
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